I received an e-mail from Maria Bellon, Water Resources Program Manager for the state Department of Ecology. She was excited to tell me about updated decision numbers for the water rights they have been processing this fiscal year. Including the month of May, the decision count for the last 11 months was:
- 661 decisions (excluding withdrawals)
- 166 withdrawals
- For a total of 827 applications being taken out of the backlog this fiscal year.
Maria is also in the middle of program planning for the next fiscal year and told me that she’s setting an internal goal of making another 500 decisions next year. I congratulated her and suggested setting an even higher goal of a 10% increase for next year…targeting 550!